A federal judge declared Arizona's laws against same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and issued an order prohibiting officials from enforcing those laws. However, there's currently one person standing between same-sex couples and Arizona marriage licenses -- Attorney General Tom Horne.
Arizona's Proposition 100, the 2006 law that denies bail to undocumented immigrants accused of many crimes in the state, will no longer be in effect in the near future. A panel of judges from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the voter-approved law unconstitutional, as a violation of th ... More >>
Local marriage equality advocates are calling on Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne to step aside and stop defending the state's ban on gay marriage. Why Marriage Matters Arizona delivered more than 5,100 signed petitions to the attorney general's office yesterday. "The petition calls on him to st ... More >>
Legal same-sex marriages could take place in Arizona by the end of 2014, says an attorney representing a lawsuit by same-sex partners. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to consider appeals of lower-court decisions supporting the challengers of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin, Indian ... More >>
This is probably hard to believe, but it appears that texting is not actually one of the most common causes of distracted driving on Arizona highways. The Arizona Department of Public Safety this week released statistics on distracted driving that the agency has been compiling all year, as part of ... More >>
A pair of pro-choice groups say states with the most restrictive laws on abortion, like Arizona, have generally poorer health conditions and less supportive policies for women and children. Abortion restrictions in Arizona and in state legislatures across the country are often billed as measures to ... More >>
Arizona's so-called "revenge porn" law criminalizes much more than the sharing of an ex-lover's nude photos, according to a lawsuit filed by several publishing and media organizations. The law passed earlier this year essentially made it a felony offense to share a nude photo of someone without the ... More >>
At the end of last week, I got two e-mails. One announced 2015 Arizona Cocktail Week, the other 2015 Arizona Beer Week. I should be excited. But I'm just kind of annoyed because both take place February 14 to 21. No big surprise, as that's happened the past few years without fail, and yet I really d ... More >>
With so many restaurants participating in this fall's edition of Arizona Restaurant Week -- which runs from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 28 -- it can be hard to tell where your dining dollars will be best spent. Thankfully, we're here to dish out some suggestions. Some of the restaurant ... More >>
The attack ad that hits Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal for voting for tuition increases as a member of the Arizona Board of Regents isn't going away. In fact, it's now in Spanish, too.
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered. Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
Look, we'll be the first to admit that filling a burrito with french fries could hardly be described as avant-garde or gourmet. In truth, it holds about as much culinary merit as the cronut, the quesarito, or the ramen burger. Still, we couldn't help but get slightly giddy at the summer discovery of ... More >>
Arizona Restaurant Week will return this September and if you've lived in the Valley for any extended amount of time, then you're probably thinking you know the drill. Restaurants will offer a prix-fixe menu at a discounted price for a week (or so) in order to encourage diners to try some new dining ... More >>
A coalition of immigrant rights groups held a press conference this morning to announce the launch of "Arizona Freedom Summer," a campaign to get out the Latino vote in this fall's elections.
Arizonans are driving less, and relying more on public transportation, according to a report from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.The shift is causing the Arizona PIRG Education Fund to recommend that public officials shift funding away from more highway projects, and more ... More >>
Now that there's a plan to slice up California into six states, it's time to unveil our plan to divide Arizona into multiple states.Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the 10 states of Arizona:
Of more than 500,000 young immigrants who have been given relief from deportation by the Obama Administration, less than 4 percent of them live in Arizona.A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services report on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program shows only about 19,000 of the 50 ... More >>
Wiretapping rates in Arizona are among the highest in the nation.The Pew Research Center ranked the states where the most wiretap authorizations were made last year, finding that Arizona's had the fifth-highest rate in the country.
Someburros Scavenger Hunt Today through Saturday, July 12 Now through Saturday, Someburros is celebrating its 28th year of business with twice-daily Piñata Hunts. The restaurant is thanking customers for their years of loyalty by stashing two piñatas around town every day. At 9 a.m., Someburros w ... More >>
The fatality rate on Arizona's rural roads is among the highest in the nation.According to the Road Information Program (TRIP), Arizona's fatality rate for drivers on rural roads is the nation's seventh highest, and more than double the fatality rate on all other roads.
An increasing number of Arizonans are living in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to a new Census Bureau report.About one-quarter of Americans live in what the Census Bureau calls "poverty areas," and in Arizona, more than one-third of people live in such areas.
Add the Professional Firefighters of Arizona to congressional candidate Ruben Gallego's long list of union endorsements. Already, the former lawmaker boasts support from the Communication Workers Association Arizona State Council, Iron Workers Local 75, UFCW Local 99, Teamsters Local 104, Internat ... More >>
Here's a side-effect of Arizona's perennially high rate of high-school dropouts -- economic costs of $7.6 billion.That's the estimate provided this week by a study from the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable. Did we mention that's just one year's worth of dropouts?
The number of local organic farmers seems to be on the uptick every time we hit a farmers market, but, according to a Vermont-based local food advocacy group, our state is one of the absolute worst when it comes to eating locally. In fact, the only states worse than Arizona on the index are Nevada a ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer says neither her office nor the Arizona Department of Public Safety had any idea that the federal government was dumping off undocumented immigrants by the busload in Phoenix in Tucson.Brewer, in a letter to President Obama, says her administration learned from news media reports ... More >>
It's been a banner week for the Arizona wine scene, with some national and international light shining upon our up and coming wine business. As first reported by the Australian liquor business blog The Shout, Pillsbury Wine Company has reached a preliminary distribution deal with Decante This, a sma ... More >>
We're just a day away from the start of Arizona Spring Restaurant Week, so if you still haven't made your reservations, you'd better act fast. There are dozens of places all over town that will be offering special three-course menus during the 10-day event, each of which will be priced at either $30 ... More >>
Back in 1990, Arizona had the 12th-largest share of immigrants in its population.More than two decades later, Arizona now has the 11th-largest share of immigrants among the 50 states, according to the Pew Research Center.
A large majority of Arizonans think the land of SB 1070 is a "good place for minorities."Gallup polled residents of all 50 states, asking, "Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place to live for racial or ethnic minorities."In Arizona, 84 percent of residents said it's a goo ... More >>
Arizona is leading the nation in both cuts to higher-education funding and increases in tuition costs since 2008.The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looked at pre-recession levels of higher-ed funding and tuition costs in all 50 states. While a vast majority of states made both funding cuts a ... More >>
There are a lot of people in Arizona who'd rather live somewhere else.According to polling done by Gallup, 38 percent of the Arizonans they polled said they'd like to move to another state. There were only 11 other states where higher percentages of people wanted to leave.
Governor Jan Brewer signed SB1397, nicknamed the "Liquor Omnibus" bill, into law on Wednesday and while you might not realize it yet, the new law could directly impact you -- particularly if you like to drink craft beer. That's because one of the biggest changes the bill will bring to the state co ... More >>
There's going to be a new design for Arizona driver's licenses, starting June 16.As you can see from the sample above, it's hideous.
Last night the Arizona Restaurant Association announced the winners of the second annual Foodist Awards during an event at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale. The awards celebrate "the most amazing tastes, faces and places in Arizona food and beverage." Finalists were announced in early April wit ... More >>